26 April 2009
25 April 2009
The bagels are big and soft, and they serve as the base for a number of vegetarian sandwiches. Choices of bagels include plain bagels, eight grain bagels, salt bagels, Asiago bagels, honey wheat bagels, sun-dried tomato bagels and three cheese bagels. They can also be ordered to-go with cream cheese.
Veggie sandwiches include the Veggie Delight, the Portabella melt, the Mediterranean veggie, the herbivore wrap, and a couple of pizza bagels. I sampled the Mediterranean veggie on an eight grain bagel. The sandwich consisted of mixed greens, sunflower seeds, sprouts, tomato and hummus on a steamed bagel. The flavor of the hummus was very herbaceous, and the seeds provided a great textural addition.
Sandwiches are available with chips and other sides, including potato salad, macaroni salad, build-your-own side salad, edamame and miso soup.
I didn't get a chance to try the sushi, but there are many vegetarian options. There is a marinated tofu and cucumber roll, an avocado and cucumber roll, a mixed vegetable roll, a vegetable dragon roll and a mixed vegetable sushi platter. There are also vegetarian rice bowl dishes on the menu.
Cornerstone Deli is set up like Panera Bread. You order at the counter, and a few minutes later the order is ready. There is seating for about 30 inside the restaurant. The interior of the restaurant screams greasy spoon--it's somewhat dingy looking. Some people might prefer eating off premises.
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19 April 2009
The menu at Tasi is essentially breakfast items, baked goods, sandwiches and comfort-food side dishes. It is owned and operated by Tasi Rigsby and her husband Kent. The pair also work at Rigsby's Kitchen and Flatiron Grill. Tasi Café is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and it is open for dinner every day but Sunday.
There are many breakfast items at Tasi Café for ovo-vegetarians. I'm more lacto than ovo, so I opted for a sandwich with a side of fries with parmesan and pepper flakes. The fries are really tasty. The pepper adds a hint of spiciness, and the parmesan peeks through in subtle bursts.
There are two vegetarian sandwiches on the menu. The bread for the sandwiches and side orders is baked by Eleni-Christina Bakery, owned and operated by none other than Kent and Tasi Rigsby. Sandwiches also come with a side of house made potato chips. The sandwich I did not try was the grilled aged cheddar and tomato sandwich on sourdough panini bread.
The sandwich I ordered was filled with chevre, roasted red peppers, arugala and pine nuts in a shell of starchy, multigrain panini bread goodness. This particular chevre is a mild, creamy goat cheese. It's tanginess pairs nicely with the peppers, and the pine nuts give the sandwich a delicious crunch.
The prices at Tasi are very fair. The meatless sandwiches are both less than $8, and the plate of French fries adds $3 to the tab. Service is fast casual, and seating is cafeteria-style.
18 April 2009
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson was interviewed by Salon, and the discussion involved the ethical quandaries related to eating meat and other animal products. Essentially, Masson believes that even humanely-raised livestock do not live a happy life. Masson believes that animals have feelings, and he thinks that the most responsible choice on an ethical, environmental and physiological level is to observe a vegan diet. Masson addresses these issues and more in his book "The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food."
Although his approach is somewhat extreme, Masson brings up some great points about the thought processes that people use to justify their omnivorous existence. Whether you agree with Masson or not, he thinks outside the box enough to create an interesting and informed opinion.
15 April 2009
Weiners are back in the news. The Dispatch food section profiled just how far the hot dog has come from its infancy covered in mustard and relish, to today, where the comfort food has morphed into incarnations that are topped by any topping or condiment your creative little mind can conjure. Some of the places profiled are also vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. Rad Dawg features nothing but vegan hot dogs. When Dirty Frank's finally opens (a process like the Minnesota Senate race that seems to drag on endlessly), they promise to feature vegetarian hot dogs. Extreme Weiners also has veggie dogs. It's looking official: hot dogs, including the vegetarian variety, may be this year's sliders.
13 April 2009
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09 April 2009
Hopheads take notice...Beer Wars, a documentary film, presents a snapshot of the important issues and obstacles facing the craft brewing industry. This is followed by a live discussion with beer cognoscenti moderated by the seriously funny Ben Stein. The one-night event is April 16, and it is showing in a few locations in Columbus. The Web site describes the evening as follows:
Fathom and Ducks In A Row Entertainment present Beer Wars LIVE with Ben Stein, a one night event taking you inside the boardrooms and back rooms of the American beer industry. The event will feature the exclusive never-before-seen documentary Beer Wars, followed by a riveting live discussion led by Ben Stein with America’s leading independent brewers and experts.
Playing in movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, April 16th at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 8pm PT (tape delay), beer industry insiders will take you behind-the-scenes of their quest for the American Dream. Don’t miss out on this entertaining journey that will reveal the truth behind the label of your favorite beer!
Limited seats available! Buy your tickets today.
I saw an article yesterday about a new vegetarian small plates place in the Windy City. Mana Food Bar features hot and cold tapas and noodle dishes in large and small sizes alongside a few select side dishes. The entire menu is vegetarian, and the menu eschews tofu for the most part (although it is available as an add-on for those who prefer their protein in soy form).
Some tempting offerings on the menu include Thai pineapple salad with cucumbers, spicy green chili, mint and lime, green tea soba noodles in a shitake ginger broth with shredded vegetables, and a mushroom saute over soft polenta. I see a field trip planned for my next sojourn in the City of Big Shoulders.
07 April 2009
04 April 2009
by Kathy Freston
From the Huffington Post...
If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:
- 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;
- 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;
- 70 million gallons of gas--enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;
- 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;
- 33 tons of antibiotics.
Everybody gets upset when somebody raises this point. They are afraid that somebody is going to take their steak away from them.
This isn't the case at all. Anybody can argue the validity of the statistics, or the health benefits of vegetarianism, or any other nit-picky thing that they can come up with.
Unfortunately, the point of arguments like this isn't to convert everybody to this dark religion known as vegetarianism. Rather, the idea is that when you consider the impact that the food you eat has on the world around you, you begin to make more careful decisions about what food you put on your table and in your mouth.
02 April 2009
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